The new filmHidden Figurestells the story of three black women (among many) who helped to save the American Space Program. In segregated Virginia, these women battled both racism and misogyny, deftly fended off micro- and macro-aggressions against both race and sex, and figured out the very mathematics necessary to launch Americans into orbit and bring them back safely. Ultimately, their work helped to win the Cold War.
Their stories have been largely untold until now. Their lives were mostly unknown by the general population. Sadly, despite their incalculable service to their country, despite the fact that they fought against all odds and proved their value and their capabilities, the same fights are still being waged. Racism is alive and well; misogyny is on its way to taking power in the White House.
A few shots of whiskey in, an old friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and I decided to do a tarot reading on the upcoming US presidential election. We are both a bit obsessed, checking FiveThirtyEight (the website that focuses on opinion poll analysis) regularly (and I confess in my case sometimes multiple times a day). She has also been doing multiple divinations using I Ching and Runes. As is often the case with divination she never got conclusive answers much to her consternation.
Maybe it was naïve of me, but it never occurred to me before this morning that a person could be a racist feminist.
Personally, I find all forms of oppression and bullying equally abhorrent. I believe all humans (all sentient life, really) deserve love and respect from the beginning to the end of their lives, no matter what they look like, who they love, how much they have, what language they speak, or what they believe.
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